When you come to Memphis, be prepared to go with the flow. It’s a city of music, food, history and heritage, all of it moving to the rhythm of the mighty Mississippi River.
There’s just something real about Memphis that gets inside you from the holy grails of music and the marching Peabody ducks to the acclaimed zoo and nightclubs on legendary Beale Street. There is an irresistible soul that has drawn people here for more than a century.
Find music everywhere you turn. Get a taste of Memphis music and nightlife, learn about the giants of soul at the Stax Museum of American Soul, enter the gateway to music heritage at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or walk in Elvis’ shoes in the famous Sun Studio. Speaking of the King, don’t pass up a pilgrimage to Graceland. While you’re in the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, take a tour of Gibson Guitar and take home an ultimate memento.
A city has soul when the food, music and very culture are the defining elements. You won’t have to look far for fun in the city of rock 'n' roll, soul and blues. Grab mouthwatering Memphis barbecue for lunch. There is something tasty on just about every corner. See what’s in the fire at the Metal Museum. Put on your blue suede shoes and party at the annual Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration. Indulge in music, arts, international flair and, of course, more barbecue at the Memphis in May International Festival. Shop, nibble and party in historic enclaves such as Cooper-Young Historic District or Pinch Historic District.
Visit the National Civil Rights Museum on the site of the old Lorraine Motel. The museum chronicles the Civil Rights Movement from slavery to present-day human rights movements. The museum presents a timeline of the civil rights struggle, concentrating on the seminal events of the 1950s and 1960s.
Plan to stop by a few Memphis landmarks that offer fun for the whole family. The Pink Palace Museum features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the area along with a science center, IMAX theater and planetarium. Meet giant pandas and other new friends at the renowned Memphis Zoo. Spend a lazy day canoeing the Wolf River or splashing around at Mud Island.
Visit Dixon Gallery & Gardens, carefully carved out of native Tennessee woodlands with fine old trees and an exquisite garden. See Tennessee’s oldest museum of fine art, the Memphis Brooks Museum, and enjoy an exhibit, film or concert.
Memphis is well known for its cultural contributions to the modern American South. Ask anybody who’s been here. There’s nowhere on earth quite like Memphis.